Britain arrests man believed to be a bomber

BIRMINGHAM, England - Police pursuing suspects in the failed July 21 London transit bombings raided four homes across Britain on Wednesday and detained four people, including a Somali man believed to be one of the fugitive bombers, authorities said.

Yasin Hassan Omar was subdued with a stun gun when officers stormed a home in Birmingham before dawn.

Algeria says two diplomats killed

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility Wednesday for killing two Algerian diplomats who were kidnapped in Baghdad last week.

Algerian state radio said Ali Belaroussi and Azzedine Belkadi had been killed. Belaroussi, 62, and Belkadi, 47, were kidnapped at gunpoint July 21 in Baghdad.

Iran achieves solid-fuel missile

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said for the first time Wednesday it has fully developed solid-fuel technology in producing missiles, a major breakthrough that increases the accuracy of missiles hitting targets.

Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani told The Associated Press that Iran has made an ''important step forward'' in developing the technology similar to the Shahab-3.

The Shahab-3, with a range of 810 miles to more than 1,200 miles, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching Israel and U.S. forces in the Middle East.

At least 200 die in India monsoon

BOMBAY, India - Authorities said Wednesday they had recovered at least 200 bodies in western India after the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in the country shut down the financial hub of Bombay, snapped communication lines and marooned thousands of people in the past two days.

The bodies were found in Maharashtra state, where Bombay is located. Another 100 people are feared dead across the state, which has been pounded by incessant rainfall since Tuesday.

Court convicts 62 in pedophilia ring

ANGERS, France - A court convicted 62 defendants Wednesday in a mass pedophilia trial and sentenced some to up to 28 years in prison for their roles in a network that systematically raped and prostituted children in France.

In the harrowing case, prosecutors said 45 children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years were raped and abused by their parents, grandparents or acquaintances in a working-class neighborhood of Angers from 1999 to 2002.

Three of the 65 defendants were acquitted.

- From wire reports